The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) is conducting research on what factors are most important to riders with disabilities when deciding which transit mode to use.
Participate in the survey ( http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/882523/TransitChoices ).
The confidential survey results will be part of a national study called Transit Cooperative Research Project B-40: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities. The goal is to develop strategies to improve bus and train systems for people with disabilities. DREDF's research partners are TranSystems Corporation, The Collaborative, and KFH Group.
HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN VISITS ADAPT TO AFFIRM COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, INTEGRATED HOUSING
Washington, DC---Sunday April 22, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan visited a meeting of hundreds of members of ADAPT, the national grassroots disability rights direct action organization focused on access to community living. Accompanying Donovan was well-regarded HUD Deputy Secretary Estelle Richman, who has a long working relationship with ADAPT in Pennsylvania where she worked before joining the Obama administration. The purpose of the visit was to affirm HUD's commitment to affordable, accessible, integrated housing for people with disabilities, especially those seeking to re-integrate into the community after living in nursing homes or institutions.
Richman spent time talking about her commitment to affordable, accessible, integrated housing. She emphasized the need for both advocacy and action. She is very willing to continue talking with ADAPT about what HUD can do to increase housing opportunities for people coming out of nursing homes. She also emphasized the importance of housing opportunities in both urban and rural areas. Her introduction of her boss, Secretary Donovan, was followed by an ADAPT welcome of resounding chants about affordable, accessible, integrated housing.
By Mike Shields KHI News Service April 19, 2012
TOPEKA — House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid is preparing a budget proviso that would "carve out" until 2014 long-term services for the developmentally disabled from Gov. Sam Brownback's Medicaid makeover plan.
The proviso has been cleared with the Governor's Office, according to sources in the Legislature and the administration, which means it likely will move through the Legislature with little or no opposition.
A large number of legislators, including a majority in the Senate, already have signaled their desire to see the planned Jan. 1 launch of KanCare delayed until July 1, 2013. It is unlikely many will oppose delaying until 2014 what has been the most controversial part of the governor's plan. http://www.khi.org/news/2012/apr/19/house-leader-preparing-proviso-kancare-dd-carve-ou/
The KanCare call in system slowed the payroll down. People were going over the Plan of Care because the "called in" or "call out" times were at the wrong time. SKIL Fiscal Agent had to go in and fix each entry. They corrected as much as possible and processed it on Friday. They have worked late nights and all weekend to try and have it mailed by the 15th. If you don't have your check on Monday come in and see us. Sorry for any problems this may have caused you.
The State of Kansas KanCare and Authenticare electronic system tracks each workers time exactly. The system requires you to clock in and out within 7 minutes of the exact start-stop time.
This means “Do Not Clock in More Than 3 Minutes Early and Do Not Clock Out More Than 3 Minutes Late" to Avoid Late Payment. Clocking in and out as much as 7 minutes before or after the exact start time will result in individual time sheet evaluations.
Workers that clock in or out electronically more than 7 minutes before or after will result in their time sheets being evaluated and verified one at a time. This can result in payroll corrections that require you to contact SKIL Fiscal Agent and correct any time discrepancy within the pay period.
Hand written and paper time sheets are still required to be turned in also.
Shari Coatney, CEO/President SKIL Resource Center
Update for HCBS Waiver client,
The State of Kansas has changed the method that self-directed and agency workers document their time. The method is known as KS AuthentiCare, and it is utilized for the following HCBS Waiver programs: Frail Elderly (agency directed and self-directed services) and self-directed Developmentally Disabled, Physical Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, Technology Assisted, and Money Follows the Person services that apply to applicable waiver services.
The KS AuthentiCare Process in my home:
Your workers will still need to place a Toll Free call using your home phone or cell phone to “check-in” and “check-out” each time they visit your home and conduct tasks according to your plan of care. This “check-in” and “check-out” process replaced the paper timesheets workers used previously.
Verification of Worker Presence through A Telephone Call:
KS AuthentiCare will, effective April 16, 2012, begin calling workers randomly to verify their presence in providing services to you. The number called will be the number listed for you in KS AuthentiCare. These calls will occur anytime between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday. When you answer, someone from Client Support Services, First Data, will identify himself or herself as being with First Data/KS AuthentiCare. When these calls occur, please respond by handing the telephone to your worker so he or she can verify his or her presence in your home. These calls will be very brief.